At the corner of 14th & U St, perhaps the true heart of this “town,” stairs descend to a subterranean room that somehow hosts both incredible international musicians and sweaty singles’ ambitions. Keeping this dream alive is owner Aman Ayoubi, who arrived from Afghanistan in 1979 with $20—but this summer the virus took his father, and thieves took most of the club’s equipment. He says, despite the lack of support for venues: “I am not giving up.”
If you’re interested in cities and how they work (or don’t), this interview is definitely worth a read on the broken “economic development” paradigm of attracting residents, rather than sustaining them, as a way for cities—redlined, distressed and robbed of resources state and federal policies—to pay for the services that those residents need. Professor Schragger argues for “nothing fancy: public safety, healthcare, housing, education, transportation.”
This effort at cutting off the school-to-prison pipeline all hinges on a school board election, illustrating some of the opportunities and difficulties in pursuing the goals of this summer’s uprising through electoralism.
This is one of our favorite things to link to every year: Casey Trees’ absurdly comprehensive map of fall foliage, so you can hunt out some autumnal palettes in your neighborhood. Tip: weekends in the parks will be packed with “leaf peepers,” so best to go during the week.
Getting ready to ShutDownDC
350DC is coordinating a rapid response team of bicyclists to show up at any protests to defend democracy in the days following the election. This team will be called upon to mobilize quickly, defend perimeters and enable protesters to take action safely. Fill out this form to get plugged in and join their Wednesday planning call at 6pm.
With a puzzle. Girls Night In and Join the Lounge recently launched their new lifestyle brand to help people “pass time in a leisurely manner.” Their first product release features a selection of artful puzzles created by illustrators, painters, and artists. (Unwind)